An elated Tam Geritz raises her arms in victory near the end of the handicap duathlon at Seafront Oval on Saturday.
An elated Tam Geritz raises her arms in victory near the end of the handicap duathlon at Seafront Oval on Saturday. Valerie Horton

Geritz in shock victory

ARMED with a mountain bike and an old pair of runners, Tam Geritz looked somewhat out of place at yesterday's duathlon in Pialba.

But the 28-year-old retail worker from Maryborough proved you don't always need the best equipment to triumph.

Albeit a handicap race, Geritz stormed to victory after beating a 45-strong field, which included experienced triathletes Scott Farrell, Steven Schofield, Natasha Schofield and young guns Matthew Hauser and Tayte Dixon.

Geritz, who completed the 2km run, 10km cycle and 2km run in a race time of 48min 35sec, said it was the first sporting event she had won in her life.

"It's just good to cross that finish line, but to come first was quite a shock," she said.

"I was going back (towards the finish line) and there was no one near me.

"I looked around and thought 'oh my god I might win this'."

Moments after her victory, a euphoric Geritz sprinted to her backpack to get her mobile phone.

"I was so surprised I had to call my mum (Margaret). I needed to tell someone I had won as there was no one here to talk to," she said.

The breakthrough win in the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club series marks a remarkable transformation for Geritz, who took up triathlon in 2010 to lose weight.

She has lost 38kg and already completed two Olympic-distance triathlons, including a top-10 finish in the women's 25 to 29 years division at the Hervey Bay Triathlon last month.

Steven Schofield recorded the fastest time on Saturday, crossing the finish line just four seconds ahead of Scott Farrell.



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